Wisdom teeth are odd. We usually don’t hear much about them unless someone is having them removed or their wisdom teeth are already causing real problems.
It may go without saying, but removing your wisdom teeth is often the wisest decision you can make. Experts estimate that between 75 and 85 percent of people will need their wisdom teeth removed. We are proud to be able to offer this service to patients at our dentist office in Plano, TX.
While getting your wisdom teeth removed is probably not on your list of favorite things to do, our team at 1st In Smiles wants your experience to be as pleasant as possible.
Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth get their name because they are your last teeth to erupt. Presumably, you are wiser when you get your third molars. We aren’t going to discuss how “wise” people really are in the late teens or early 20s, which is when most people’s wisdom teeth erupt.
Molars are the larger and flatter teeth in the backs of our mouths. These are the teeth we use to chew and grind our food.
The problem with wisdom teeth is that most people have jaws that are too small for these teeth to fit. Anthropologists know that modern humans have smaller says that our ancestors did. They also have hypotheses about why our ancestors needed an extra set of molars, but that’s not important for our discussion.
What our dentist, Dr. Barfield, wants you to know is that wisdom teeth can cause oral health problems. This is why it’s important to continue making regular visits for cleanings and examinations.
Those exams allow us to monitor the develop of your wisdom teeth. By doing this, we can anticipate potential problems. We may even be able to save you from potential pain and suffering by performing a wisdom teeth removal before your problems begin.
Contact us today if you have not yet scheduled your next cleaning and examination.
What Problems Can Wisdom Teeth Create?
Perhaps the most common issue with wisdom teeth occurs when they become impacted.
Impacted teeth do not break the surface of your gums. These teeth may still be there. If they can erupt correctly, they can start pushing into other teeth. The can cause alignment problems and pain, especially if your wisdom teeth grow toward the nerves in your jaw.
That’s pain you don’t want to feel.
By visiting 1st In Smiles, we can track changes in your teeth with our state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. If we can save you from the pain, we will recommend teeth removal.
Partially impacted wisdom teeth break the surface of your gums, but they are not able to erupt correctly. That may not stop them from forcing their way in as much as they can, however.
This too can affect the alignment of your teeth. Partially impacted teeth can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
In other words, you are better off have impacted wisdom teeth removed.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Dentists don’t like removing teeth. Whenever possible, we want to help you keep as many teeth as possible.
This is why we examine your teeth, your mouth, and your jaw before making a recommendation regarding your wisdom teeth. If we establish that you, like most people, should have your wisdom teeth removed, we will make plans to schedule the procedure.
Dr. Barfield has performed countless wisdom teeth removals. The procedure usually can be completed in a matter of a few hours. We will provide you with anesthetic and sedation so you won’t feel anything during the removal.
We will provide you with care instructions as your recover from your teeth extraction. You will want to avoid hard foods for at least a few days, and you will want to be more cautious than usually while brushing your teeth.
You will need to make a follow-up visit so we can see how your mouth is healing. Working together, you’ll be back to feeling like yourself in a short amount of time.
How Are Your Wisdom Teeth?
If you or someone in your family is at the age when wisdom teeth may be developing, it’s time to schedule a visit to our dentist office in Plano, TX.
1st In Smiles will work with you to make your wisdom teeth removal as easy to handle as possible.